As I mentioned in this week’s grocery haul, I’m doing lots of traveling in the coming month. I love getting away from my every day life, but I also know that it can be expensive. One of the ways I like to save when traveling is to keep food costs low. Now, don’t get me wrong, food is one of the best parts of vacation. However, when you’re in an airport, is that $10 bag of almonds worth the money? I prefer to save my money on the little things and instead splurge on a nice dinner at my destination.
How to Save Money on Food When Traveling
1. Pack Your Own Food.
Did you know that you can bring your own food through airport security? The first time I realized this was when I was doing my Whole30 in January 2014. I brought a whole weekend’s worth of food with me through security – hard boiled eggs, roasted chicken legs, Larabars, and almonds. I don’t know why I hadn’t thought to do this before! It ended up saving me so much money, that I now always fly with food from home. Just know that the same liquid rules apply to food – so things like oil, vinegar, and peanut butter must be in 3oz containers. Get the full list of liquid foods on the TSA site here. If driving, pack yourself a cooler with your food essentials!
Hydration is an important part of your health. But who wants to pay $4 for a bottle of water when traveling? If flying, bring an empty bottle through security and fill it up at a water fountain once you’re on the other side. If driving, fill up your bottle with water at gas station soda fountains or even in the bathroom sink.
3. Shop at a Local Grocery Store.
Once at your destination, find a nearby grocery store and stock up. Get yourself some nuts, apples, and other easily portable snacks to bring with you as you explore each day. Save your money for meals and treats instead of wasting it on small items that add up.
Related: How to Eat Healthy on a Budget
Not only are these tips helpful for your wallet, they benefit your health as well! I find that I’m happier having only one heavy meal a day while away instead of eating myself silly. Vacation doesn’t have to mean abandoning your health goals!
Budget Travel Tip: Did you know you can bring your own food into the airport? I'm on my way to New Orleans and successfully took all this through airport security. 2oz Triscuits crackers* $.56 1oz Kerrygold cheese $.37 4oz baby carrots $.31 1 mini Wholly guacamole $.55 2 eggs $.30 Total cost: $2.09. This is way cheaper than anything you could buy at the airport! And always bring your own empty water bottle. You can fill it up once you get through airport security! Note: *Triscuits have just three ingredients – whole wheat, vegetable oil, and salt. Although vegetable oil isn't the best option, when I'm traveling, I allow myself some leeway. #traveltips #realfood #snacktime #chicago #NOLA #neworleans #budgetfriendly #groceries #cleaneats #jerf #organic #cctips